Panthers video: Cam Newton finds Curtis Samuel for 44-yard completion
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Video: Panthers’ Cam Newton finds Curtis Samuel for 44-yard completion


The Carolina Panthers have their first big passing play of the season. Quarterback Cam Newton lobbed a bomb down the left sideline to receiver Curtis Samuel to spark a long Panthers drive.

Every Panthers fan watching the game breathed a sigh of relief at this one. Throughout the offseason, there have been concerns about Newton’s throwing ability after shoulder surgery. In Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, Newton didn’t attempt a pass deeper than 20 yards. This obviously fed the narrative of damage to Newton’s shoulder, but he looked pretty good on this one.

While it was a decent throw, Curtis Samuel was wide open. Carolina offensive coordinator Norv Turner dialed up a double move for Samuel, who promptly destroyed cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Look for more passes in the way of Samuel and fellow pass-catcher DJ Moore, as the Tampa Bay secondary is notoriously weak.

The 44 yard toss prompted the first Carolina scoring drive of the evening. Running back Christian McCaffrey will play a huge part in the offense, as he touched the ball a whopping 29 times against the Rams. McCaffrey is in line for an even bigger workload, as Buccaneers middle linebacker Devin White left the game with a knee injury.

White must have been a key part of the game plan for Tampa Bay.

The first-round draft pick has the dynamic speed and hitting ability to contend with McCaffrey, but the Bucs will have to find a new solution as the game goes on.